Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

U.S. officer cleared for fatal shooting of man


Tired, confused and frustrated, thousands of people took to the streets in St. Paul Friday to decry the acquittal of the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop previous year.

According to prosecutors, Yanez overreacted in the situation and Castile was not a threat to him. He had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm in the shooting.

The jury, composed of seven men and five women, with two people of color, reached its verdict after 27 hours of deliberation over a five-day period. Yanez was immediately pushed to resign from the St. Paul Police Department via a voluntary separation agreement.

"I am so very, very, very. disappointed in the system here in the state of Minnesota", Valerie Castile said.

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These cases and others prompted several marches and demonstrations highlighting sentiments reiterated by those at the protest Friday. A line of police in riot gear eventually met them, and demonstrators were warned they would be arrested if they didn't disperse. Saint Paul Police escorted the crowd, which they estimated to be about 2,000 people. They were booked at Ramsey County Jail, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The acquittal of a Minnesota officer in the death of a licensed gun owner who volunteered that he had a gun seconds before being fatally shot during a traffic stop adds to the worries of African-American gun owners about how they are treated by police and society.

The immediate aftermath of Castile's shooting was captured on video recorded by Castile's girlfriend and broadcast on Facebook Live. A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in th.

Yanez, who is Latino, testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so. Officers say that four of the protestors didn't comply and they were arrested. Prosecutors questioned whether Yanez had even seen Castile's gun, and witnesses testified that it was in a pocket of Castile's shorts when paramedics pulled him from the vehicle. Diamond contends that Philando Castile was pulled over because he "had a wide nose and looked like a suspect". Dayton says he doesn't think the shooting would have happened if Castile had been white.

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"He didn't deserve to die the way he did", Philando Castile's sister, Allysza, said, through tears. “I will never have faith in the system.”.

Since Philando Castile's shooting death last July, his family, friends and the millions who watched his final minutes online waited for a verdict in the case against the officer involved.

"It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman". Reynolds said he was reaching for his wallet.

Meanwhile, in a statement on the verdict, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman called Castile "a son of St. Paul - a graduate of Central High School, and a dedicated employee at J.J. Hill Montessori, where he was loved by his students and co-workers".

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Meanwhile, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman described Castile as a "son of Saint Paul".

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